We’re helping charities change lives with kindness

In November, Allchurches Trust awarded 82 grants totalling £268,825 to charities, churches and schools throughout the United Kingdom. Amongst the beneficiaries were three charities whose work, support and kindness to others, at their time of greatest need, places them at the heart of their communities.

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Saltbox, Stoke on Trent

Saltbox, a charity in Stoke on Trent, undertakes a range of caring services for vulnerable people, including support for homeless men and women with an offending background, a befriending project for lonely and isolated older people and a debt reduction and financial advice programme in partnership with Trussell Trust.

This year, Saltbox is transforming its central premises to bring all its staff and services under one roof in a central city location, which provides a far more accessible entry point for vulnerable people and rough sleepers. The move will save the charity money and provide full disability access and enable improved service provision. Allchurches Trust has donated £9,500 towards refurbishment.

Allchurches Grants Officer, Andrew Bass, said: “Saltbox does incredible work, not only through its support of vulnerable adults across Stoke on Trent, through which it transforms the lives of many; but also for its encouragement of other faith groups to collaborate more widely with each other and with voluntary, public and private sectors to strengthen the whole community.”

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The Boaz Trust, Manchester

In Manchester, the Boaz Trust has been providing accommodation and holistic support for homeless and destitute asylum seekers for more than 15 years. Last year they provided 26,543 nights’ accommodation in 19 leased properties and our grant will go towards repairs in a three-bedroomed house, recently gifted to Boaz Trust by a supporter, to make it habitable for clients.

Many asylum seekers struggle through the legal process of applying for refugee status and find themselves homeless, with no income, entitlement to benefits or services, and no support. The Boaz Trust helps the most vulnerable asylum seekers with night shelter accommodation, food and medical help and wherever possible moves their clients into a Boaz House as home for up to a year. With secure accommodation, rest and immediate trauma support, clients are then supported with English classes, activities and friendship, and helped to re-enter the asylum process, reduce stress and rebuild their life.

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The Pregnancy Centre Network, United Kingdom

The Pregnancy Centres Network (PCN) supports around 80 pregnancy centres across the UK that provide free, confidential and non-directive care for clients facing unplanned pregnancy or following a pregnancy loss. The PCN was established to support pregnancy centres with best practice, training, resilience development and increasing support for preventative work with vulnerable adults, young people and women in prisons throughout the UK.

The importance of pregnancy centres to so many women each year goes largely unnoticed and yet the difference this support makes to women at a time of great loss, confusion or sadness, can be life-changing. In the words of one client: “I will never forget the kindness that was shown to me in circumstances where I least expected to receive it, but needed it the most.” Allchurches have funded laptops to support the work of the Pregnancy Centres Network.